Winter Weather Helping Future Crops

POSTED BY: Katie McGraw
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 07:28 PM
Crop Projection 2013

The drought of last summer had many local farmers concerned about future crops.

Area farms had to deal with around two to three inches less of rainfall than normal. But with the recent snowfall the soil is able to play catch up.

Mark Mechling, OSU Extension Educator said, "certainly this rain and snow that we have experienced the last several weeks have been helpful, it has not completely replenished the ground water resources. So I think that is an important point, is that we're gaining, but we are not back to where we should be in terms of groundwater resources yet. "

The recent moisture is keeping farmers optimistic for the coming year and hope precipitation continues to occur.

"Obviously people don't like that but it's really needed, particularly this time of year and with the drought last summer that we recharge these deep water resources now, if not then, as we go into the spring and summer of 2013 then we are just farther behind," said Mechling.

With a predicted wetter season ahead, farmers will plan to plant as many crops as ever and this will be good news for them and the price of crops in grocery stores.


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